KoÀlacarte is a mobile app that helps users better understand the ingredients in restaurant dishes.
It defines unfamiliar ingredients; explains the relationships among those ingredients; and predicts the likelihood of a dish's ingredients that a restaurant hasn't mentioned on the menu.
Knowing more about what's in a dish reduces the information asymmetry diners face at a restaurant. Diners are therefore empowered to make smart choices about what to eat on their own terms.
This is especially applicable to diners with dietary needs and restrictions, who often face anxiety and stigmatization while making quick choices using unfamiliar menus and dealing with untrained or unfamiliar restaurant staff.
Our first prototype was designed with these users in mind.